Fair laws for cyclists aren't controversial - but 'death trap' journalism which capitalises on misinformation is unforgivable

Parity in punishment is no problem, but we can't pretend that introducing more laws for cyclists will create equality on the roads

Cyclists use bike lane in London
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Today, The Telegraph published a story claiming that cyclists are turning roads into "death traps" by riding as fast as 52 miles per hour (mph) in 20mph zones. If true, this would be reckless. However, a simple check of the Strava segment in question shows the rider reportedly achieving this feat, over a 0.3% incline, on just 101 watts. Cyclists, everywhere, can recognise this is more likely to be a GPS glitch than a superhuman display.

Cycling has dominated headlines in the UK in recent days - for all the wrong reasons - following an amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill, which could see cyclists charged with 'dangerous cycling' sentenced with up to 14 years in prison. 

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.